Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.

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In a fire, every second counts. It is important for members of your community to know what to do if there is a fire. Fire safety education isn’t just for school children.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” works to educate people about three ways they can reduce the likelihood of having a fire—and how to escape safely if they have one.


LOOK for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.


LISTEN for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.


LEARN two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

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around your home for fire hazards. Take the necessary steps to fix them.


for the sound of the smoke alarm. When the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.



Have a home fire drill. Push the button on your smoke alarm to start your home fire drill. Practice what to do in case there is smoke. Get low and go. Get out fast.

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two ways out of every room. Have an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet.

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A majority of fire deaths and fire injuries occur in homes, but fires can happen anywhere. A fire in a public space, like a nightclub or hotel without fire sprinklers, can result in many deaths if people are not aware of their surroundings and how to escape.

People need to be situationally aware when they are outside their homes. Below are four articles that discuss why it’s important to be aware of our surroundings at all times and also aware of who or what could be of help if a fire or other emergency were to occur.

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